Photo: Art Sidner
Mankato: Ignition Fitness & Sports
“I was always involved in sports and physical fitness,” said 31-year-old Jason Tompkins of Ignition Fitness & Sports, which opened this year. “I started playing soccer at age five and began strength training and fitness in seventh grade. I’ve always liked competition, physically challenging activities, and being on a team.”
In high school, he kicked a 57-yard field goal, and, after being named a Junior College All-American, earned a Minnesota State football scholarship. His best memory of playing for the Mavericks was kicking a game-winning field goal against Central Missouri.
“After graduating in 2008, I spent three years as varsity soccer coach at St. Peter High,” he said, “and three years coaching Gustavus men’s soccer, where we won two NCAA berths.”
As for his current occupation, he had been doing personal training with clients since age 18 and had continued through college. He said, “At Ignition Fitness & Sports, we cater to anyone from eight to 80. Our sports performance program geared toward athletes helps with strengthening, mobility, speed, and agility. We also have a basic membership for adults using the facility.”
The business has individualized training programs for adults based on tests performed every six weeks, and has summer children’s programs. The facility has two weight rooms, Olympic lifting, kettle bells, battling ropes, TRX suspension and rip trainers, sand bags, and sleds.
He said, “What makes us unique is our 2,000 sq. ft. of artificial turf, for sprints. The turf also acts as an indoor golf driving range and an indoor soccer facility, the only one in Mankato. The soccer is quick-paced and you don’t have much time to think. You just react and play.” Membership costs range from $60 to $189 monthly.
He said, “I’ve seen it firsthand with some clients—we literally have changed lives. We aren’t a gym, but a lifestyle. We help you move well, eat well, and take better care of yourself.”
Ignition Fitness & Sports
Telephone: (507) 479-1414
Address: 100 Sibley Parkway